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EBAA Iron Inc.: A Family Business
Miles Bradley  |  November 25, 2019

  March 1, 1964 Earl Bradley (an original founder of TCMA) and his wife, Billye, founded EBAA Iron Inc. in Dallas, Texas. The company started as a one man operation that manufactured set screw style retainer glands for water and wastewater pipelines. This man, my grandfather, would later turn his company into something much larger.

He embarked on his venture in a 20 by 50 foot quonset hut that was rented for $50 a month. He had visions of expanding his business and a work ethic to back it up. Today, the company has grown to employ over 300 people in three plants located in Eastland, TX, Albany, TX, and Cordele, GA.

Since the company's inception, we have made it a point to listen to our customers and work diligently to meet the needs of the water industry. Our development of self-actuating MEGALUG wedge action restraints for ductile iron pipe and PVC pipe has been the preferred product by engineers and contractors designing/installing water systems since 1984. With the introduction of the MEGALUG, the water industry has been able to move away from cumbersome concrete thrust blocks and corrodible metal tie rods at pipeline joints.

 On April 11, 1997 EBAA Iron performed a remarkable force demonstration of the series 1100 MEGALUG Joint Restraint. Using a series 1100 MEGALUG standard installation, an 80 ton motor crane hoisted a D7 Caterpillar Track Type Tractor weighing in at 50,350 lbs. This demonstration proved that EBAA products can withstand the load. EBAA also offers a line of flexible and/or expansion joints for installation in terrain that is prone to movement via seismic activity or gradual settling. Our products have created a safer and more economical pipeline installation procedure

My grandfather had a saying that was key to any business. He believed that to be successful you must execute three things: “Make it, make it right, and deliver.” We still practice these concepts today in our state-of-the-art foundries. The facilities harbor 6 coreless furnaces with a capacity of 28 tons/hour, 3 DISA vertical parting molding machines, airset foundry with two mold lines, 6 Disa Combi-Core machines, and rigorous quality assurance testing both pre and post pouring of castings. EBAA also possesses our own tooling and finishing shops on site. We proudly advertise that all of our products are 100% American made.

This My grandfather passed in 2005 and the legacy continues with his kids and grandkids in our family business. His eldest son, my uncle, Earl T. Bradley has picked up right where he left off and continued to mold this company into something more. It was important to my grandfather to always be on the move and not let the company become stagnant. He wanted this company to stay ahead of customer’s needs. We strive to continue the hard work of a great man.